A Bachelor's East Meets West Loft

Professional Project

Project by: Julie Khuu
Location: Irvine, California

From the designer: The residence belongs to a young working professional originally from the East Coast. He made his way out West almost a decade ago charmed by the allure of SoCal’s laidback lifestyle, blue skies and beach weather for most months out of the year. The request was made for the home to feel urban, yet casual, representing industrial details of New York’s city skyline and organic luxe materials from Cali’s topographical oasis.

His fast-paced work ethic coupled with cool calming demeanor called for a marriage of the east coast and west; as the loft reflects the bachelor’s point of view, without feeling very man-cavy at all. The challenge was designing a cohesive space with both aesthetics in mind. Since the open floor plan allowed for clear visibility from one end of the space to the next, the design called for low, loungey furnishings featuring pops of color that add interest to the original beige box.

We had the 21’ high walls painted in blues and greys, pulling in various colors of the mixed media artwork the client had collected over the years as well as new pieces we found while out sourcing for the space. We started out with a custom sectional in a beautiful heather grey ultrasuede and quickly devised the space to be broken up into 2 major areas: living/kitchen. Since the client is currently a renter, we didn’t spend too much on permanent solutions opting instead to outfit the loft in pieces that he could easily transition into subsequent spaces.

My love for vintage mixed with my affinity towards creating custom pieces brought us first to my favorite consignment shops off of Jamboree in Irvine and South Coast Plaza’s Garden Terrace for home goods. The art on the walls came from a variety of sources: Z gallerie, Home Goods, flea markets, thrift stores, I’m not a design snob in the least and am able to select a solid mix from just about anywhere. It’s the thrill of the hunt and delight in the find that keeps me going. I specialize in color and pattern so when the client gave me a go on selecting the palette for the space, I opted for high contrast in a comfy cozy livable manner.

Orange pillows covers from Macy’s pepper the sectional while repurposed vintage chevron covers from West Elm add texture. I anchored the space with a patterned area rug from e-tailer Joss and Main and added surface space with our star coffee table from Home Consignment center and nesting tables from Ikea. The result was a thoughtfully curated kaleidoscope of elements representing the hustle and bustle of where he’s been to the zen-minded manner of where he actually wants to go. Southern California living gets you every single time.

Thanks, Julie Khuu!

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(Image credits: Julie Khuu)